Advocacy

Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center, the largest community health center serving Washington and Yamhill counties, understands the importance of advocacy at the local, state, and federal level. 

  • National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) as an Advocacy Center of Excellence, Gold Level

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Public Charge

As of March 9, 2021, the Trump-era Department of Homeland Security public charge regulations no longer exist or apply. All materials on this page have been updated to reflect current public charge policy guidance that went into effect in March 2021. This guidance makes it clear that the use of most public benefits programs, such as health, nutrition, and housing programs, will not have an impact on an individual’s immigration status. That includes, especially, testing, vaccination, and care for COVID-19.

For more information, please see the Protecting Immigrant Families page.

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS

It is important that everyone have a firm understanding of their rights. Below are articles and links to information and resources that will help you stay up-to-date on current events and activities.

How to Be Prepared for an Immigration Raid

For more resources, visit our Health Care Matters page. Given increased enforcement activity in recent months by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), ... Read More

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is still valid. It's difficult to predict how and when... Read More

Ways to Get Involved

Additional resources:
Immigration Counseling Service (ICS)

Website: ICS-law.org

Phone:
503.221.1689

Address:
519 SW Park Ave., Ste. 610
Portland, OR 97205

Lutheran Community Services Northwest

Website: lcsnw.org

605 SE Cesar E. Chavez Blvd., Portland, OR 97214
Tel: 503.731.9539
Fax: 503.233.0667

Programs offered: Asylum, Unaccompanied Minor, Cancellation
Languages: English & Español

3800 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Suite 288
Beaverton, OR 97005
Phone: 503.924.2448

Programs Offered: Immigration Counseling and Advocacy Program; Multicultural Counseling Services

435 NE Evans, Suite A
McMinnville, OR 97128
Phone: 503.472.020

Programs Offered: A Family Place Relief Nursery, Collaborative Home Services, Counseling Programs, Family Support and Connections, Healthy Families of Yamhill County, Healthy Relationships, Immigration Counseling and Advocacy, In-Home Safety and Reunification Services, Parent Education Classes, Safe Families for Child

Other Links and Relevant Information

  • The Latino Network provides information for members of the community.

  • The National Immigration Law Center provides important information on immigration rights and is dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants.

  • The ILRC (Immigrant Legal Resource Center) offers free "red cards" (know your rights cards), that can be ordered from the email provided on their website.  Here is the direct link to ordering the cards.

Statement of Nonpartisanship

Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center (VGMHC) is a private, nonprofit organization recognized as exempt from Federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. VGMHC’s mission is to provide high quality, comprehensive, and culturally appropriate primary health care to the communities of Washington and Yamhill counties with a special emphasis on migrant and seasonal farm workers and others with barriers to receiving health care.

VGMHC may take positions on or advocate with regard to public policy issues pertinent to its mission, consistent with the requirements of applicable Federal and Oregon law. However, VGMHC conducts all of its activities in an entirely nonpartisan manner. VGMHC may acknowledge the elected officials who support us, but we do not endorse, support, or oppose candidates for public office, nor do we intervene in any election on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate or political party.

Additional questions can be directed to Kasi Woidyla at 503.352-8612.

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